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A manner or expression that hides one's true character or feelings
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“Todd Brown had obviously come on board under the pretense of being a guest.”
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An excuse provided, such as for a mistake or failing
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“Often, I conned my mother into letting me stay up late with the pretense of homework or reading a book.”
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A lie, falsehood or trickery used to deceive
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“Morishima is clearly arguing in favor of using the pretense of independence as a diplomatic ploy.”
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A false front or appearance, or the act of putting one up
“Sally was struggling to keep up the pretense that all was well.”
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A claim or assertion of a claim to something
“Nussbaum objects that Butler's impenetrable and self-referential jargon makes a pretense to sophistication but is, in fact, sophistry.”
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Affected and ostentatious speech, behavior or attitudes
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“Patrul's words were as authentic as gold, free of hypocrisy and free of pretense.”
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The action of pretending or imagining that things are a certain way
“This universality can only be an imagined pretense, Hegel argues.”
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A semblance or approximation to something
“His inane ramblings bore little pretense to coherency.”
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Deception, especially when practiced under a false or assumed character
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Something designed to mislead to divert intention
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An increase in quantity, size, or degree
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Spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense
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An intentionally false statement
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An assertion, especially an accusation, not necessarily based on facts
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A very poor or inadequate example of
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Stage acting
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An ambiguity or inadequacy in the law or a set of rules
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Joking, tricks
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A moral or legal entitlement to have or do something
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